Several more graves were found in the ancient cemetery at Ibbankatuwa in Dambulla that would run as far back as the Pre-Wijeya era, the Central Cultural Fund and the Post Graduate Institute of Archaeology revealed.
Senior lecturer of the Post Graduate Institute Ranjith Bandara said it was of significance that the history of the graves would run as far back as the Pre-Wijeya era.
He said clay pots and small vessels were among the findings that contained in the articles used by the dead. He said the finds from the graves, that were about 2600 years old, would lay bare the historical facts relating to the period prior to the advent of Wijeya.
He said he found evidence of funeral rites performed at the burial of the remains.
He said excavation project was launched about a month ago according to a concept the Director General of the Central Cultural Fund and that the cemetery would be conserved and opened for public display.
“We have not yet established the story of Wijeya with historical evidence. However, according to the Mahawansa chronicle a well-developed civilization had existed in the country even before the advent of Wijeya. The history of the cemetery runs as far back to 600BC.” he said.
The excavations were carried out under the supervision of the Office In Charge of the Dambulla Central Cultural Fund Ajith Jayasundera.(Kanchana Kumara Ariyadasa)
haha there is no DNA test for Aryan or Dravidian. those are just cultural constructs.
Sri Lankan Sunday, 18 October 2015 06:48 PM
Pls dont send this for a DNA testing in Sri Lanka as they will conclude that this belongs to sgt. Nallathambi.
maheshi Sunday, 27 December 2015 10:11 AM
Great job Mr Ajith Jayasundara.
CitizenPerera Sunday, 18 October 2015 07:29 PM
Great find. Will the Mahawansha have to re-written?
Perumal Monday, 19 October 2015 04:29 PM
Honourable Doctors and Professors will enlighten us fools on how the clay pots survived over craniums and other skeletal parts and how the age was determined.
sydneysilva Monday, 19 October 2015 06:28 AM
Great photos. very clear probably taken by the official photographer Upali Madanayake
pasuwardana Monday, 19 October 2015 08:54 AM
More skeletons to follow
lkboy Monday, 19 October 2015 09:25 AM
Mahavansa doesnt apply to b.c. 600.
steffny Monday, 19 October 2015 09:38 AM
History might tell the nationality of Wijaya please! Wish the truth comes out at some point!
S Tissera Monday, 19 October 2015 09:39 AM
A grand opportunity to usher in the long awaited and desired period of Peace, Unity and equality. With modern technology available and is accepted today without question. Please send these samples for a DNA testing and confirm once and for all whether the original inhabitants of our beloved country were Aryans or Dravidian, we can do away with this absurd differences that are propagated by many devious and cunning politicians who use this for personal gain.
ANTON Monday, 19 October 2015 10:22 AM
DEFINITELY THE REASON FOR DEATHS MUST NOT BE DUE TO ROAD ACCIDENTS.